coarse coil twist re-twist

Opening Reception: October 28th,  6 – 8 PM
On view through December 17th, 2016


Deborah Roberts’ second solo exhibition at Art Palace continues to address Black women’s progression through centuries of socially-constructed limits on beauty and power. Roberts advances her mixed-media portraits of motley girls, appropriated limbs, torsos, facial features, and hair styles. Each portrait, and their sum, is a conscious remark about inclusion and dignity in contemporary culture.  Combining mature pouty lips and posture with child-like bare feet, school-girl plaid, and twisted pigtails, Roberts comments on the sexualization of pre-teen Black women: Black girls are not asked to be young. Each collaged element carries different scale, complexion, age, and personality, fusing together into a picture of otherness with unique character and agency. 
For this exhibition, Roberts adds focus to text, addressing the stigma of urban-sounding names, colorism, and natural hair, divisive issues rooted in Black cultural identity. Loaded phrases, rhythmically printed and painted across the works resemble chants of protest. Roberts is locating her work within a history of raised voices, providing future cultural artifacts during this climate of civil unrest. Working in the vein of social commentary, Roberts consistently and skillfully relates the weight of beauty, perception, and honor to the greater life experience for people of color.
Deborah Roberts is a 2016-2017 Pollock-Krasner grantee. She is a recipient of the Ginsberg-Klaus Fellowship, the Presidential Point of Light, and Syracuse Graduate Fellow Award. Recent honors include exhibitions at the George Washington Carver Museum (Austin TX,) the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago IL,) and ongoing participation in the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center (New York NY.) Roberts completed the Ox-Bow Art Residency and earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Roberts lives and works in Austin, TX.

March 2017

February 2017

December 2016

October 2016

September 2016

July 2016

May 2016

April 2016

February 2016

January 2016

November 2015

August 2015

May 2015

April 2015

February 2015

January 2015

October 2014

August 2014

July 2014

May 2014

April 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

August 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

February 2013

January 2013

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

July 2011

May 2011

April 2011

February 2011

January 2011

October 2010

September 2010

July 2010

May 2010

March 2010

January 2010

October 2009

September 2009

June 2009

May 2009

March 2009

January 2009

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

July 2008

June 2008

April 2008

March 2008

January 2008

October 2007

September 2007

July 2007

June 2007

May 2007

March 2007

January 2007

November 2006

September 2006

July 2006

June 2006

April 2006

March 2006

February 2006

January 2006

November 2005

October 2005

September 2005

August 2005